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Naylorian Worldview

Title: The Naylorian Worldview: Taking the African American Male from Slavery to Freedom.
Name(s): Jeune, Teressa A., author
Montgomery, Maxine, professor directing thesis
Edwards, Leigh, committee member
McGregory, Jerrilyn, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis examines male characters in five primary texts: The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, Mama Day, Bailey's Café, and The Men of Brewster Place, engaging theorists like bell hooks, James King, and Lawrence Hogue in a discussion of black masculinity. It explores Naylor's map of how black men could theoretically go from a place of bondage to a place of freedom. Through the characters in her works, Naylor moves away from males who embrace a masculine ideal, from the essentialist roles of Western society, toward a polycentric ideal. Naylor believes a space should exist where all men, regardless of the lifestyle/gender definition they choose, are considered equal and where each man has the ability to define who he is. She presents a continuum on which her black male characters go from the confining roles of white society to a place where they can determine their own identities. In this progression, time and place also play a critical role in the journey from imprisonment to liberation. Naylor's male characters' mindsets about masculinity reflect the setting they allow to influence them most, whether that is the South, the city, or a place that exists metaphysically, a place that presently does not exist. As the setting for her male characters change, and the mindsets that they are influenced by change, from those places that are historical sites of bondage for black people to those that offer liberation, Naylor's male characters experience more freedom. Though this does not prove true for all her male characters and exceptions do occur, one can see the connection Naylor makes between setting and freedom. Through her male characters, Naylor highlights a possible road to solving what she perceives as the problem of black male identity.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3521 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 4, 2011.
Keywords: Black Manhood, Down Low, Patriarchal Masculinity, Maternal, Black Sexuality, Sexuality, Sharecropping, Justice System, Black Middle Class, Black Bourgeois, Black Bourgeoisie, Self-Determination, Autonomous Self, Self-Definition, Metaphysical Space
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Maxine Montgomery, Professor Directing Thesis; Leigh Edwards, Committee Member; Jerrilyn McGregory, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
English language
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Owner Institution: FSU

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